NKZN Puff Adder Relocation

NKZN Puff Adder Relocation

Postby Mehelya » Mon May 19, 2014 2:50 pm

Well, on Saturday, the 16th of May, I was on my way out to go scout a farm for a farmer, who has been losing livestock to an unknown entity. On my way there, I got an urgent call to remove what at first was a large night adder... I said that I would pop in as it was only a few K's out of my way. Phoned the original farmer up, and re-arranged to meet half an hour later.

On arriving at the farm house, I was greeted by the entire family, and most of the neighbours... All excited, and some distressed. Dogs and children were running around as if nothing was amiss. The farmer led me to the garage by the house, and to a small two-door, two drawer cupboard in the one corner, and pointed to an oil sump on the bottom shelf.

While my eyes adjusted to the low light, I saw a short snout, and very keeled scales, and immediately knew what I was dealing with. :lol: Not a Night Adder, but definitely an Adder... A really beautiful female Puff Adder! I calmly asked all the onlookers, who were now standing all around me, to please move off , so I could remove, and box the poor snake. They all gladly did so without hesitation, and I boxed the little girl, and showed her to the children, through the box, and explained to them why they must never try and pick them up, and always call a parent first. I think we tend to forget to include the little ones in our call-outs, as they are normally the ones to find the snakes, and then alert the parents, and a good age to start re-educating them on the values of our reptiles.

She is lovely and fat, and measuring around the 70 - 80cm mark, and has almost no scarring or damage on her.

Without further ado, some pics of the lovely girl before release.

Full-body shot, side on
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Full-body shot, top down
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Face-on shot
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Showing belly patterns and coloration
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Scalation close-up, showing pattern, colors, and keeling.
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Enjoy!
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Re: NKZN Puff Adder Relocation

Postby RaD » Mon May 19, 2014 11:52 pm

very nice! you're braver than I, these guys scare the balls off me.
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Re: NKZN Puff Adder Relocation

Postby Mehelya » Tue May 20, 2014 2:31 am

RaD, they're not all that bad. Granted, there are some demonically possessed ones out there, but with gentle handling, and respect, they are generally ok. It's also quite cool here now, so, she was probably "well-chilled" as well.
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Re: NKZN Puff Adder Relocation

Postby rolandslf » Tue May 20, 2014 7:58 am

Nice one Rian. Job well done.
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Re: NKZN Puff Adder Relocation

Postby Kakibos » Tue May 20, 2014 8:03 am

Nice man, puffies are just awesome.
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Re: NKZN Puff Adder Relocation

Postby Mehelya » Tue May 20, 2014 3:49 pm

Roland, you know me boet... Always! ;) :lol:

Kakibos, I would nearly agree with you... In the venomous section, puffies are a close second to Rinkhals, for me... ;)

Thanks for looking. As soon as I can get time to edit them, I'll upload the rest of the photos.

Enjoy!
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Re: NKZN Puff Adder Relocation

Postby Westley Price » Thu May 22, 2014 2:55 pm

Nice Puffy there.

Interesting dorsal pattern.
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Re: NKZN Puff Adder Relocation

Postby Mehelya » Thu May 22, 2014 7:57 pm

Thanks Westley. I've seen several from this area with "mis-shaped" patterning, but this one has been the most noticeable.
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